18% of new patients treated at two Los Angeles hospitals for multiple sclerosis were misdiagnosed with the autoimmune disease. The misdiagnosed patients were often treated unnecessarily with medications designed for MS. From their findings, researchers report the most common alternative diagnosis was migraine.
Women who suffer from migraines have a slightly increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease and strokes in later life, a new study reports.
Researchers have identified causal genetic links to three blood metabolite levels that increase migraine risks.
Valproic acid (VPA), an anti-convulsant medication, can cause birth defects when taken during pregnancy. Researchers identified a molecule called p19Arf that appears to be responsible for VPA's induced senescence in neuroepithelial cells. When exposed to VPA, mice lacking p19Arf did not experience gene expression alterations associated with ASD.
A significant association has been discovered between migraine diagnoses and dementia in women.
An infusion of the local anesthetic Lidocaine may provide relief to patients with chronic migraines that do not respond to other medications.
Researchers report the hormone prolactin, more commonly associated with lactation in new mothers, may underlie why women are more vulnerable to developing functional pain syndromes than men.
According to researchers, people who suffer from migraines have higher sodium concentrations in their cerebrospinal fluid.